Monday, May 3, 2010

Eric Cantor is not a Conservative

I just got an email from a local Richmond Tea Party group asking for support for Eric Cantor. People can support whoever they want, but I would ask that everyone make sure that they are informed about the candidates first, and not blindly support one party over another. Too many people voting "Team R" and "Team D" has caused the problems we are now facing with run-away Federal government.

Now, I don't claim to know anything about Rick Waugh .. but I promise to try to find out. I'm skeptical about sending anyone to Washington to represent me when their career is in counseling and social work, but I'm not going to dismiss them just because they are a Democrat, either. In fact, Virginia Democrats, traditionally, would oppose most of the policies being proposed in Washington right now.

Be that as it may, there are alternatives to Eric Cantor besides Rick Waugh. Ideally, we can deny him the party nomination by supporting a true conservative candidate like Floyd Bayne. Bayne does not have the financial resources of Eric Cantor, but grassroots can beat money every time, as long as the grassroots is mobilized.

Whatever the rest of the politically active 7th District citizens may decide to do, I will absolutely not lend my support to Eric Cantor. He cannot be trusted, and he does not support our values. As members of a "9/12" group, all of you should be asking if Cantor supports the 9 Principles and 12 Values. If you ask him, he may say he does, but his actions say he does not. Here are a few examples:

  • Watch Cantor in this video bash members of his own party that stood up for principle by claiming they were voting against it because of Pelosi's speech (at 4:06), as if they were children throwing a tantrum.
  • Do I even need to mention that he not only supported the bail-out, but pushed it vigorously? Well, his wife is a banker (not that it had anything to do with his position).
  • He voted for deficit increases for 6 straight years.
  • Cantor is supported by many Beltway Republican types (doesn't that say something bad?)

Listen carefully to what Cantor says on most issues, and you realize that what he really supports is bigger government. Every problem, to Cantor, needs the Federal government to provide a solution. I think we've had enough of that kind of thinking. Government (especially an overreaching Federal government unconstrained by the Constitution) is the problem.